SANTA RITA, Guam - The Navy’s senior enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West, visited Sailors stationed on Guam Aug. 19 and 20.
West held an all-hands call where he answered questions Sailors had regarding new uniforms, manning, and mandatory enlisted warfare qualifications. The MCPON also took the opportunity to thank Sailors for their hard work and dedication to the nation.
“It’s very enjoyable to be here with you,” he said. “You guys are doing great work. I appreciate absolutely what you all do.”
West encouraged the Sailors to stay the course and to continue to excel in the Navy.
“Stay focused and keep moving forward,” he said. “We have a great Navy, we have great technology and great programs, but they’re all just hunks of metal if they don’t have the Sailor power to move it.”
Many Guam Sailors said they appreciated the chance to meet MCPON.
“It’s an honor to have him here,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF/SW) Daniel Lamb, of U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. “When you hear from the man himself, it makes life so much better.”
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) Morgan Gerena, of USS Frank Cable (AS 40), said she also found it an honor to meet West.
“When our senior leaders come all the way to Guam, it lets us know we matter,” she said. “It shows that the chain of command really cares about Sailors and we’re doing a great job.”
While on Guam West visited Sailors assigned at various commands, including Joint Region Marianas, Naval Hospital Guam, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 5, Naval Special Warfare Unit One, and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 Detachment Guam. He also toured Frank Cable, USS Buffalo (SSN 715) and USS Houston (SSN 713).